Cupertino lies in the heart of Silicon Valley, its population not much more than 50,000 people, over half of them being of Asian heritage. Cupertino houses, most notably, the campus of Apple Computers, where Apple Campus 2 is now being constructed, even larger than its predecessor. The total area of Cupertino stretches nearly 11 square miles at the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley, while parts of it move into the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills.
The name Cupertino comes from the creek in the area, Arroyo San Jose de Cupertino, which itself was named by a Spanish cartographer after Saint Joseph of Cupertino. A humble farming area in the 1880s — for fruit like cherries, apricots, plums and prunes — like other areas in California it expanded during the post-war era and was incorporated in 1955.
Residents of Cupertino have high net worths tied to big technology companies. As a result, median household incomes are higher than almost anywhere else in the United States and the real estate itself is nearly always in the millions of dollars. In fact, the median value of most homes is over $1M alone, while the state average is only half of that number; this remains significant in a state like California which has many other high net worth areas.
High tech companies of the greatest repute call Cupertino home, including Symantec, Portal Software, Chordiant, Packeteer, Trend Micro and others. They are in general the largest employers in the area, though Hanson Permanente Cement is also a huge source of jobs for Cupertino residents. Regarding schooling, the Fremont Union High School District and the Cupertino Union School District serve the area, along with De Anza Community College; all in all, five high schools, five middle schools and 17 elementary schools are located in Cupertino.
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